List of Copy Abilities

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In every Super Smash Bros. game, Kirby has the ability to copy another character's neutral special move with his own neutral special move, Inhale. If Kirby swallows another Kirby, only damage is dealt, but if he swallows another Kirby that has a Copy Ability, it can be stolen. When Kirby copies an opponent, he will also bear a resemblance to that character, usually in the form of a hat which displays a prominent visual part of the character copied. When performing copied attacks, Kirby often mimics their voices or sounds as well as their poses, and uses the same weapons as their owners. Aside from the obvious range differences, copied attacks are functionally identical to the originals except where noted.

Kirby can discard the ability at any time by taunting, though he may also lose it when taking damage and will lose it if he is KO'd. Also, anything spawned by the ability will vanish if Kirby loses it. For example, if Kirby tosses a Metal Blade onto the ground, picks it up, and taunts, the blade will vanish. Kirby will also lose his ability if the inhaled character's damage meter vanishes (indicating the character has been unloaded from memory), such as in Smash 4's All-Star Mode or certain Event matches.

Super Smash Bros. 4 introduced custom moves. Regardless of whether a neutral special has been customized or not, Kirby will only copy the default version of the move. This applies with Palutena and the Mii Fighters' neutral specials as well.


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Character Super Smash Bros. Melee Brawl SSB4 Ultimate Special move Notes
Bayonetta KirbyBayonetta3DS.jpg
Bayonetta Kirby.jpg
SSBU KirbyBayonetta.png Bullet Climax Although Bayonetta will always aim in the same place, Kirby's shots from the handguns are lower than the shots from his feet.
Bowser Kirbybowser.png Bowserkirby.jpg KirbyBowserHair3DS.jpg
Kirby Bowser Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyBowser.png Fire Breath Kirby can flame cancel in all versions of Melee, while Bowser can only do so in NTSC 1.0 and 1.1. Fire breathing pose resembles the one used by Fire Kirby's basic move.
Bowser Jr. KirbyBowserJrHat.jpg
Kirby Bowser Jr Wii U.jpeg
Clown Cannon Even if Kirby inhales one of the Koopalings, he will still wear Bowser Jr.'s bandana and ponytail.
Captain Falcon Kirby cfalcon ssb.jpg Kirbyfalcon.png Kfalconpunch.jpg KirbyHatFalcon.jpg
Kirby Captain Falcon Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyCF.png Falcon Punch In SSB, Kirby can use the Falcon Punch as a horizontal recovery move. In Brawl, throwing it immediately after a jump gives him large boost upward. The visor was blank until Ultimate, when it was given the same "eyes" as Captain Falcon's visor and also became opaque for the first time since Smash 64.
Charizard Kcharizard.jpg KirbyCharizard3DS.jpeg
Kirby Charizard Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyCharizard.png Flamethrower
Chrom Kirby Chrom.jpg unnamed
Cloud KirbyCloud3DS.jpg
Kirby Cloud Wii U.jpg
SSBU KirbyCloud.png Blade Beam Does not gain Cloud's Limit Gauge and thus cannot perform the Limit Break version of the move.
Corrin KirbyCorrin3DS.jpg
Corrin Kirby.jpg
SSBU KirbyCorrin.png Dragon Fang Shot
Daisy Toad
Dark Pit KirbyDarkPitCopy.jpg
Kirby Dark Pit Wii U.jpeg
Silver Bow Prior to version 1.0.5 (3DS only), if Kirby uses the move at the end of his forward, back, or up throw, a glitch will occur in which he floats in the air until he stops charging the move.
Dark Samus Darkirby.png Charge Shot Kirby also acquires Dark Samus' subtle rippling, smoke-colored aura when he copies her.
Diddy Kong Kdiddy.jpg KirbyDiddyKong3DS.jpeg
Kirby Diddy Kong Wii U.jpeg
Peanut Popgun Strangely, if Kirby's gun explodes, and then the game is paused, Kirby will appear normal colored instead of a burnt black.
Donkey Kong Kirby Donkey Kong SSB.jpg Kirbydk.png Kdk.jpg KirbyDonkeyKong3DS.jpeg
Kirby Donkey Kong Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyDK.png Giant Punch In SSB, Kirby can charge-cancel the wind-up to turn more easily in the air.
Dr. Mario Dr Mario Kirby.png KirbyDrMarioHat.jpg
Kirby Dr Mario Wii U.jpeg
Megavitamins In Melee, Kirby's Megavitamins make the Koopa Shell sound upon impact. Resembles the Doctor Ability in Kirby: Planet Robobot.
Duck Hunt KirbyDuckHuntHat.jpg
Kirby Duck Hunt Wii U.jpeg
Trick Shot
Falco Kirbyfalco.png Falcokirby.jpg KirbyFalco3DS.jpeg
Kirby Falco Wii U.jpeg
Blaster Kirby sports the same "mohawk" that Falco had in Melee. In Brawl, shots fired from the copied Blaster do not have the electric effect that Falco's Blaster has. Kirby's shorter stature means that he can laser lock characters that Falco himself cannot.
Fox Kirby fox ssb.jpg Fox KirbySSBM.png Kfox.jpg KirbyFoxHat.jpg
Kirby Fox Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyFox.png Blaster Gives Kirby the ability to short hop double laser and even short hop triple laser as a result of his floatiness.
Ganondorf Ganondorf KirbySSBM.png Kganon.jpg KirbyGanondorf3DS.jpeg
Kirby Ganondorf Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyGanondorf.png Warlock Punch
Greninja KirbyGreninja3DS.jpeg
Kirby Greninja Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyGreninja.png Water Shuriken
Ice Climbers Kirbyiceclimber.png Kpopo.jpg SSBU KirbyICs.png Ice Shot Kirby does not gain a partner through this ability, so he can only fire one block of ice at a time. Resembles Freeze Kirby.
Ike Ikekirby.jpg KirbyIkeHat.jpg
Kirby Ike Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyIke.png Eruption Inflicts recoil damage to Kirby if fully charged.
Inkling SSBU - Inkling Copy Ability.png Splattershot If Kirby uses up all of his ink, he loses his Inkling Copy Ability entirely, in a similar manner to Robin's Copy Ability.
Ivysaur KIvysaur.jpg SSBU KirbyIvysaur.png Bullet Seed While Ivysaur can only hold Bullet Seed for 5 seconds, Kirby can hold it for significantly longer, allowing him to rack up higher amounts of damage.
Jigglypuff Kirby jigglypuff ssb.jpg Kirbyjiiggly.png Kjiggly.jpg KirbyJigglypuff3DS.jpeg
Kirby Jigglypuff Wii U.jpeg
SSBU - Jigglypuff Copy Ability.png Pound SSB64 Icon.png Differs from Jigglypuff's Pound in that using this move toward a ledge sends Kirby off of the ledge, and it is notable for having much higher distance if Kirby leaves the ground at the end of the Pound animation; it is capable of traveling nearly the length of a Dream Land soft platform if spaced correctly.
Rollout SSBM Icon.pngSSBB Icon.pngSSB4 Icon.pngSSBU Icon.png Regardless of the game's current language settings, Kirby says "Purin," Jigglypuff's Japanese name, upon performing this move. In SSB4, Kirby can move left and right in midair after hitting an opponent with Rollout, due to having a higher fall speed than Jigglypuff. He also rebounds further backwards, due to his air friction being lower than Jigglypuff's. In Ultimate, Jigglypuff's ears fold downwards during an uncharged Rollout; Kirby's do not follow this trait.
King Dedede Kirbydedede.jpg KirbyKingDedede3Ds.jpeg
Kirby King Dedede Wii U.jpeg
Inhale Kirby can use this to perform the obscure "Kirkirkircide".
King K. Rool Blunderbuss
Link Kirby link ssb.jpg Kirbylink.png Klink2.jpg KirbyLink3DS.jpeg
Kirby Link Wii U.jpeg
SSBU - Link Copy Ability.png Boomerang SSB64 Icon.png Unlike Link's Boomerang, Kirby can throw it through solid walls if he is touching them, allowing for pseudo-sharking on stages like Hyrule Castle (especially from the Greenhouse side) or Dream Land. Resembles Sword Kirby.
Hero's Bow SSBM Icon.pngSSBB Icon.pngSSB4 Icon.png Resembles Sword Kirby.
Traveler's Bow SSBU Icon.png Despite Link's design now being based on Breath of the Wild, Kirby still gains his familiar green cap when copying him. Resembles Sword Kirby.
Little Mac KirbyLittleMac3DS.jpeg
Kirby Little Mac Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyLittleMac.png Straight Lunge Does not gain Little Mac's Power Meter and thus cannot perform the KO Uppercut. The hitbox is much lower down due to Kirby's size, enabling it to hit opponents hanging on the ledge. Also, if Kirby swallows Little Mac in his wireframe costume, his Straight Lunge will utilize the 8-bit sound effects unique to Wireframe Mac.
Lucario Klucario.jpg KirbyLucario3DS.jpeg
Kirby Lucario Wii U.jpeg
Aura Sphere Kirby's Aura Sphere is not linked to his current damage, due to not copying Lucario's aura. As a result, Kirby's Aura Sphere acts as though Lucario were using it at 75%.

However, should Kirby's damage output be significantly augmented in some way, such as with the use of custom equipment or Amiibo power level, the Aura Sphere he uses will emit the characteristic sound it does when Lucario charges it at high percentages.

Lucas Klucas.jpg KirbyLucas3DS.jpg
KirbyPKFreezeWiiU.JPG
PK Freeze
Lucina KirbyLucina3DS.jpeg
Kirby Lucina Wii U.jpeg
Shield Breaker Kirby wears the mask used by Lucina in her guise as "Marth", which she herself dons temporarily for her on-screen appearance and down taunt.
Luigi Kirby luigi ssb.jpg Kirbyluigi.png Kluigi.jpg KirbyLuigiHat.jpg
Kirby Luigi Wii U.jpeg
Fireball
Mario Kirby mario ssb.jpg Mario Kirby.png KMario1.jpg KirbyMario3DS.jpeg
Kirby Mario Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyMario.png Fireball As Kirby is shorter than Mario, his Fireball is likely to vanish quicker if thrown while on the ground due to bouncing more often.
Marth Kirbymarth.png Marthkirby.jpg KirbyMarth3DS.jpeg
Kirby Marth Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyMarth.png Shield Breaker Lacks transcendent priority in Melee.
Mega Man KirbyMegaManHat.jpg
Kirby Mega Man Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyMegaMan.png Metal Blade
Meta Knight Kmeta.jpg Meta Knight copy ability.jpg
Kirby Meta Knight Wii U.jpeg
Mach Tornado Unlike Meta Knight's version of the attack, the bottom-most hitbox does not cause aerial opponents to flinch. Kirby's eyes while wearing the mask are light green in Brawl and yellow in SSB4. The green coloration is due to the mask giving off a yellow tint to Kirby's blue eyes and Meta Knight's silver eyes. Kirby's Mach Tornado only does half the damage of Meta Knight's. Functionally resembles Kirby's Tornado ability.
Mewtwo Mewtwo Kirby.png KirbyMewtwoSmash43DS.jpg
KirbyMewtwoSmash4WiiU.jpg
SSBU KirbyMewtwo.png Shadow Ball As Kirby is much shorter than Mewtwo, his Shadow Ball is more likely to collide with the ground unless Kirby jumps first in Melee.
Mii Brawler Kirby Brawler Wii U.jpeg Shot Put The face always looks like the Mii swallowed. Doesn't copy headgear.
Mii Gunner Kirby Gunner Wii U.jpeg Charge Blast
Mii Swordfighter Kirby Swordfighter Wii U.jpeg Gale Strike
Mr. Game & Watch Game and Watch Kirby.png G&wkirby.jpg KirbyMrGameAndWatch3DS.jpeg
Kirby Mr Game & Watch Wii U.jpeg
Chef Kirby remains a 3D model.
Ness Kirby ness ssb.jpg Kirbyness.png Kness.jpg KirbyNess3DS.jpeg
Kirby Ness Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyNess.png PK Fire SSB64 Icon.png Kirby wears a cap backwards, similarly to Yo-Yo Kirby, Wheel Kirby, and Paint Kirby. Also resembles the ESP Ability in Kirby: Planet Robobot, which has a color-inverted version of Ness's hat turned to the right.
PK Flash SSBM Icon.pngSSBB Icon.pngSSB4 Icon.pngSSBU Icon.png
Olimar Kolimar.jpg KirbyOlimar3DS.jpeg
Kirby Olimar Wii U.jpeg
Pikmin Pluck and Pikmin Throw Kirby's version of this move is specially adapted for him due to Pikmin not being completely tied into his moveset, unlike Olimar. Kirby will pluck a Pikmin and immediately throw it, hitting opponents for minor damage and dying once it hits the ground. Kirby pulls Pikmin in the same order that Olimar does.

The version of Pikmin Throw that Kirby performs correlates with whichever side special move of Kirby's is set via character customization. Namely, if Kirby's side special move is set to Hammer Bash, his second side special, Kirby will perform Sticky Pikmin Throw, Olimar's second side special. The same is true if Kirby uses his third side special Giant Hammer, which will result in him performing Olimar's third side special, Tackle Pikmin Throw. However, this is less noticeable as Kirby's usage of the move is already quite similar to Tackle Pikmin Throw.

Kirby can only have 3 Pikmin out at a time.

Pac-Man KirbyPacManHat.jpg
Kirby Pac-Man Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyPacMan.png Bonus Fruit
Palutena KirbyPalutena3DS.jpeg
Kirby Palutena Wii U.jpeg
Autoreticle
Peach Peach Kirby.png Kirbypeach.jpg KirbyPeach3DS.jpeg
Kirby Peach Wii U.jpeg
Toad
Pichu Pichu Kirby.png Thunder Jolt Inflicts recoil damage to Kirby.
Pikachu Kirby pikachu ssb.jpg Pikachu KirbySSBM.png Kpika.jpg KirbyPikachu3DS.jpeg
Kirby Pikachu Wii U.jpeg
SSBU - Pikachu Copy Ability.png
Pit Kpit.jpg KirbyPit3DS.jpeg
Kirby Pit Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyPit.png Palutena's Arrow Resembles Cupid Kirby in both design and function.
Richter Axe
Ridley unnamed
R.O.B. Kr.o.b.jpg KirbyROB3DS.jpeg
Kirby ROB Wii U.jpeg
Robo Beam While R.O.B. does not emit a vocalization during this move, Kirby says "beep" in a monotone voice. Resembles Laser Kirby in both design and function.
Robin KirbyRobin3DS.jpeg
Kirby Robin Wii U.jpeg
Thunder Once Kirby exhausts the Thunder tome, he loses the Copy Ability entirely. Unlike Robin, he doesn't drop a tome to throw.
Rosalina KirbyRosalina3DS.jpeg
Kirby Rosalina Luma Wii U.jpeg
Luma Shot The yellow, unvoiced Luma appears when the button is pushed, and vanishes after losing momentum. Unlike Rosalina, Kirby's Luma can't be attacked, nor can it block projectiles. Also, the attack can't be spammed, because the attack needs a few seconds before it can be used again.
Roy Roy Kirby.png KirbyRoy3DS.jpg
KirbyFlareBladeWiiU.JPG
SSBU KirbyRoy.png Flare Blade Inflicts recoil damage to Kirby if fully charged.
Ryu KirbyRyu3DS.jpg
KirbyHadokenWiiU.JPG
SSBU KirbyRyu.png Hadoken Retains Ryu's ability to perform a stronger Hadoken and the Shakunetsu Hadoken with the appropriate input. Resembles Fighter Kirby, who is also capable of performing Ryu's other special moves in certain games. Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby: Triple Deluxe also include the ability to fire stronger fireballs (called "Mega Force Blast", or "Hadou-Shot" in Japan) instantly by performing the traditional Hadoken input.
Samus Kirby samus ssb.jpg Kirbysamus.png Ksamus.jpg KirbySamus3DS.jpeg
Kirby Samus Wii U.jpeg
SSBU - Samus Copy Ability.png Charge Shot Originally a flat texture, the visor was made translucent from Melee to Smash 4, before being given an opaque glow in Ultimate that makes it more closely resembly Samus's own visor.
Sheik Sheik Kirby.png Ksheik.jpg KirbySheik3DS.jpeg
Kirby Sheik Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbySheik.png Needle Storm
Shulk KirbyHatShulk.jpg
Kirby Shulk Wii U.jpeg
Monado Arts The Jump Art does not cause Final Cutter to go any higher than usual.
Simon Axe
Snake SnakeCopyAbilitySSBB.jpg SSBU KirbySnake.png Hand Grenade Kirby covers where his ears would be if a grenade explodes near him, mimicking Snake's behavior. He also walks differently while carrying a grenade that has not been thrown, again imitating Snake. He wears a headband, similarly to Fighter Kirby, Suplex Kirby, and Backdrop Kirby.
Sonic Ksonic.jpg KirbySonicHat.jpg
Kirby Sonic Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbySonic.png Homing Attack
Squirtle Ksquirtle.jpg SSBU KirbySquirtle.png Water Gun
Toon Link Ktoonlink.jpg KirbyToonLink3DS.jpeg
Kirby Toon Link Wii U.jpeg
Hero's Bow Resembles Sword Kirby.
Villager KirbyVillager3DS.jpeg
Kirby Villager Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyVillager.png Pocket
Wario Fatmankirby.jpg KirbyWario3DS.jpeg
Kirby Wario Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyWario.png Chomp Kirby can use this to perform the obscure "Kirbiocide".
Wii Fit Trainer KirbyWiiFitTrainer3DS.jpeg
Kirby Wii Fit Trainer Wii U.jpeg
Sun Salutation Resembles Snow Kirby's coloration from Kirby and the Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Squeak Squad.
Wolf Kwolf.jpg Blaster
Yoshi Kirby yoshi ssb.jpg Kirbyyoshi.png Yoshikirby.jpg KirbyYoshi3DS.jpeg
Kirby Yoshi Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyYoshi.png Egg Lay In Brawl and SSB4, Kirby does the same vocalization that Yoshi does when unleashing his tongue. In SSB4, the egg that Kirby lays matches the color of the copied Yoshi.
Young Link Young Link Kirby.png Fire Bow Resembles Sword Kirby.
Zelda Kirbyzelda.png Kzelda.jpg KirbyZeldaHat.jpg
Kirby Zelda Wii U.jpeg
SSBU KirbyZelda.png Nayru's Love Kirby wears the hat worn by the younger version of Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In Ultimate, this was changed to her hair and tiara from A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds.
Zero Suit Samus Kirbyzss.jpg KirbyZeroHat.jpg
Kirby Zero Suit Samus Wii U.jpeg
Paralyzer
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